Last Minute Door Behavior Tips
Perhaps you have not yet taken the time to teach your pup polite greetings or door manners. Or, perhaps you don’t practice as much as you would like due to not having people over often enough. Consider these easy last-minute door behavior tips for when guests arrive:
1) Give your pup a frozen stuffed Kong from the freezer as folks walk in the door. Perhaps if you stuff it with turkey, canned dog food or something extra special, your dog will concentrate on the scrumptious treat rather than trying to greet your guests.
2) Leash your dog and don’t let him greet your guests until he calms down.
3) Ask your dog to do something he knows well. If your dog is doing what you ask, he won’t do something your don’t want him to do. If your dog is sitting he can’t jump on your guests.
4) Throw treats on the ground in the opposite direction of your guests as they walk in the door. This may be just enough of a distraction and time for your dog to calm down.
5) If your pups trigger off the sound of the doorbell or knocking, ask your guests not to ring the doorbell or knock, but to let you know when they are coming and to just walk in.
6) Enroll in our Canine High School Class. Check our classes page for details and start dates!
Depending on your dog, one of these techniques should help your pups settle down after the initial greeting so you can enjoy your holiday meal.
We are so thankful to have you, family/friends, each other, and our pups in our lives!